Aurelie Nollet is a senior project executive at Cornwall Marine Network (CMN) since October 2016.
Her position involves managing co-operation projects as well as project development and bid-writing activities to help CMN secure funding and deliver more activities to engage with young people and improve the attractiveness of maritime careers. One of the projects she is currently managing is an Erasmus Plus project called “Mobility for Marine Careers”. It is developed in partnership with the Falmouth Marine School and Finistere 360. For more information about this project she manages, please find further details here.
Before working at CMN, Aurelie studied European Affairs at Sciences Po Rennes in France. After an Erasmus year at Edinburgh University in Scotland, she completed a Master’s degree in “Multi-level governance and international relations”. After her graduation, she got a two-year contract “Volontariat International en Entreprise” as the Finistere – Cornwall cooperation officer. Whilst Aurelie was employed by Finistere Council (France), she was hosted at Cornwall Council (UK) and responsible for the implementation of the cooperation agreement between the two local authorities. After this first experience, she started working as a Program Facilitator for the Interreg France (Channel) England programme.
She says that in whichever town you are in Cornwall, you are never more than 25 kilometres away from the sea and you find that sense of openness and welcoming culture which characterise coastal areas. Her different job experiences have all included a maritime dimension and she really enjoys discovering the great variety of marine-related projects and initiatives, sometimes in the least expected places.
When asked what is the current position of women in the maritime field? She says “Women are generally underrepresented in the marine sector, particularly when it comes to engineering jobs.” For her, a key factor in positive evolution is education, training and the image we convey about the sector and how we talk about career opportunities in a way that speak both to women and men.
For the women, she reminds that: “There is a huge variety of jobs and professions in the maritime sector to fit all tastes and preferences! “Author : Atlantic Cities